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    Hey guys,

    I just thought I ask your opinions on what you think is the most challenging part of working in a city law firm.

    I personally think that all the 'challenges' that are related with it are just part of the job. So, when you are embarking on this career you should just take all of them as a given.

    However, I would appreciate to hear your views too.

    Thanks and I hope all is going well for you.
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    There are some issues over working in the big city firms but its have some advantage too.
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    (Original post by erus35)
    Hey guys,

    I just thought I ask your opinions on what you think is the most challenging part of working in a city law firm.

    I personally think that all the 'challenges' that are related with it are just part of the job. So, when you are embarking on this career you should just take all of them as a given.

    However, I would appreciate to hear your views too.

    Thanks and I hope all is going well for you.
    Devastatingly insightful as the response above is you may want to post on a website called RollonFriday, it's full of trainees and lawyers at City firms who can give you the advantages and disadvantages. Just make sure you post in the 'Training Discussion' not the 'Main Discussion', unless you want to act as an online stress ball for many stressed out associates.

    Most trainees I've talked to say it's the hours and that your entire life is subjugated to work, so it's difficult to make concrete plans for meeting friends etc. Obviously, how bad this is will vary from firm to firm and seat to seat though.
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    Training contract application question? :p:
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    (Original post by scribble_girl)
    Training contract application question? :p:
    Genuine cynic.
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    (Original post by Clip)
    Genuine cynic.
    I was so naive and trusting before I joined the legal careers board on TSR, you know. :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by erus35)
    Hey guys,

    I just thought I ask your opinions on what you think is the most challenging part of working in a city law firm.

    I personally think that all the 'challenges' that are related with it are just part of the job. So, when you are embarking on this career you should just take all of them as a given.

    However, I would appreciate to hear your views too.

    Thanks and I hope all is going well for you.
    A4 or A3, portrait or landscape.
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    Realising city lawyers actually don't have souls.
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    Negatives:

    Long, unpredictable hours
    Psychopathic partners
    Grinding work as a junior, e.g. due diligence work

    Positives:

    You get well taken care of, e.g. free taxis in the evening
    Good pay and bonuses
    Seats abroad with free accommodation and extra salary
    Female trainees are generally hawt
    Solid, predictable career ladder with hefty yearly salary rises and increased responsibility
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    I enjoy that 'getting to do interesting work' doesn't make an appearance :p:
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    (Original post by The West Wing)
    All of the 'positives' are financially based.

    The thing about female trainees is a lie.
    Clearly you should've gone to A&O: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/ar...y-clothes.html

    I mean: 1. Prince Harry's ex works there; 2. They have to tell their trainees to wear more clothes (although what kind of partner would authorise that message is beyond me).

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